Andrew Marr: BBC’s ‘insane’ rules meant I had to self-censor
Andrew Marr has said he had to “self-censor” while at the pub and with his family during his time working at the BBC because of its strict impartiality rules.
The BBC presenter of 22 years’ standing, who joined as political editor in 2000 before hosting The Andrew Marr Show and Start the Week on Radio 4, called the corporation’s rigid requirements of journalists “insane”.
Speaking in Radio Times about his decision to leave the broadcaster, Marr said: “Over time, I was self-censoring on air, and then self-censoring in front of family and friends, and even not saying what I really thought in the pub with friends. I just thought, ‘This is absolutely insane, this isn’t why I came into journalism at all.’ ”